QI’ve brought quite a large dehydrator and love dehydrating different fruits and vegetables from garden gluts to use later in the year, but I was wondering how else I could use it when I have a surplus of vegetables? I love my dehydrator as well and it gets some serious use at certain times of the year! One thing I’ve just started experimenting with is making my own dehydrated soup mix, it works unbelievably well.
AKevin Alviti says: I tend to make it when I’m making winter squash soup. I always make a huge batch of soup, around 6 litres or more. My soups have no set recipe just using whatever I have to hand, the last one contained around 4kg of squash, three onions, some white beetroots and two ridiculously large carrots. I just cover with water and simmer until they’re cooked, then season to taste.
Before I get the dehydrator out I blitz it to a thick and smooth consistency, the thicker it is the less drying time will be needed. I then ladle it out onto silicone type sheets on top of the trays. I tend to ladle out enough for a bowlful on each sheet as this makes portioning up later much easier. I then dry it until it’s crisp (12 hours or so at 56˚ for the last batch), break it into flakes and store in vacuum sealed bags.
It should store for a long time and when I want to use it I just add boiling water and stir until dissolved. My wife keeps some in her drawer at work in case she forgets her lunch!